Sketch of hit-and-run driver who dropped teen victim off at 7-Eleven released by Aurora police

14-year-old girl struck on Colfax, Laredo

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police have released a computer sketch of the hit-and-run driver who struck a 14-year-old girl, picked her up off the pavement, put her in his car and then drove her to a 7-Eleven.

Although the girl was able to give a description of the driver, police still don't know how old he is and are trying to pinpoint an age range.

Investigators said they won't release the surveillance video from the 7-Eleven until they can narrow down the exact time the victim was dropped off at the convenience store.

The girl was struck around 6 a.m. Thursday while trying to cross Colfax Avenue at Laredo Street.

Erika Ruiz told 7NEWS that her daughter was on her way to school for soccer practice when she was hit.

She said police estimate the driver was going 20 to 25 miles per hour when he turned onto Colfax and struck the teenager.

"She was knocked to the ground," Ruiz said. "She tried to get up and fell back down."

Police said the driver may have panicked after the accident.

"He said, 'Let me get you up... put you in my car and take you to the 7-Eleven,'" Ruiz said. "My daughter said, 'No,' because that's what she was taught, to never get in a car with strangers."

Ruiz said the man picked her up anyway, drove east, made a U-turn, drove west and then made another U-turn and dropped her off at the 7-Eleven before driving off.

Although she's surprised the man put her daughter in his car, Ruiz said she's glad he didn't leave her in the middle of the street.

She said she's spent a lot of time thinking about that.

"All these scenarios played out in my head about what could have happened.  What might have happened," Ruiz said.

Ruiz said she doesn't want to glorify what the man did but said she's grateful he didn't abandon her in the intersection where she could have gotten hit and perhaps killed by another car.

"I don't even know how else to say it. I can't even imagine, you know.  If something else would have happened.  All I can be happy for …  I'm really honestly just happy that she's OK," Ruiz said.

Ruiz said the car struck her daughter on her left side and she hit the pavement on her right side, "so she's sore on both sides."

The Aurora mom said her daughter didn't break any bones.

"We're grateful for that," she said.

Anyone who recognizes the sketch is asked to call Detective Christine Hurley at (303)739-6113 or Sergeant Joe Young at (303)739-6093.  You can also provide information on this case and remain anonymous by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867). 

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